Ok and I’m not a convert? But I am going to willingly lurk around the doors of the AudioChurch until I make up my mind. Because, right, I have this theory about movies on planes and how you enjoy them more than you would otherwise because you’re so grateful not to be staring with vitriol at the back of the head of the guy in front of you, and that’s sort of how I feel about The Invisible Man.
So! Audiobook experience: not a bust; Invisible Man kind of good too. Maybe. Man shows up at inn wrapped in clothes, is mysterious, sets to tinkering with bottles and exclaiming. You have read the title of the book so you assume he is invisible, but you have also read Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde so you assume he has somehow made himself invisible with SCIENCE and is now trying to find the formula to undo same in between cursing and peremptorily sending out for supplies.
You are not wrong in this, though it takes the villagers while to figure it out. Then there is a dust-up, then there is a lengthy science-filled explanation (oh late 1800s, how you loved your science). The invisible man is established as an Unrepentant Baddy so that there’re no ambiguities about the righteousness of git’n him. Then there’s quite a good chasey bit near the end. I tend to skim over chasey bits in books, which ruins their pacing, so I only get really grippy and anxious during movie chases, and apparently audiobook ones.
But ok, this is where I can’t tell you anything about the quality of writing or whatall because none of that sticks to my ears. The dialogue could have been TURRRIBLY stilted, I don’t know, because Alex Foster did accents and shit and I can’t not love that business. Nor can I not love hearing a proper British voice saying proper Britishy words like ‘tumult’ and ‘exclamatory,’ and then also primly ‘He paced around the room ejaculating.’ Oh don’t give me that face, you are totally giggling inside.
Anyway, what? I don’t even know. I am drunk on all that envelope-stuffing, and also whisky. Let’s say six caterpillars because I enjoyed it but I don’t think I would have liked READING it as much and now it is gone from my brain.